The ghosts and ghouls are back at Kings Island this October for Halloween Haunt. And it's a good thing, too: USA Today readers just voted the attraction the "Best Theme Park Halloween Event" in America.
Last year's Halloween Haunt was canceled due to COVID and replaced with the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. But starting Sept. 24, people who enjoy being freaked out on purpose can hit the park for what USA Today describes as an event packed with "evil creatures, frightening mazes, haunted attractions, and night rides on The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and other thrill-inducing attractions."
This year, there are five mazes and four scare zones.
The mazes are:
- C.H.A.O.S. — "A new sedative at C.H.A.O.S. Labs has been authorized for testing, and you’re going to be among the first human subjects. Word has it that the health-benefits are pretty killer."
- Cornered — "Trespassers beware! The farmers don't take kindly to uninvited guests in their field. Don't get caught or you might just become a permanent part of the corn maze."
- KillMart — "Are you prepared to survive? Supply shopping in a post-apocalyptic world is risky business, but this particular grocery store is cutting costs down to the bone."
- Madame Fatale's Cavern of Terror — "Step inside this world-renowned wax museum filled with masterpieces both classic and creepy, and a past too tragic to share. Beware as you navigate through this Halloween maze of oddities, or you might be visiting for longer than you'd like."
- Slaughter House — "Sick of paying too much for the perfect cut? Well then come on down to the Rivertown butcher and see how we’re slashing more than just our prices."
The scare zones are:
- Coney Maul — "C.J. Masterson may have disbanded his traveling circus years ago, but those who shocked and awed the audience can’t seem to leave the only place they’ve called home. Step right up to witness a Halloween carnival gone awry and see what has taken hold under this big top of terror."
- International Street Fear — "Step right up to see the strange and mysterious creatures that stalk the shadows and lurk around every corner of International Street. Legend says that these doomed souls are condemned to haunt International Street's Halloween attractions for the rest of eternity."
- Pumpkin Eater — "The notorious Pumpkin Eater is on the prowl, hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. Beware the demons who roam the winding serpentine road. They were townsfolk once, just like you."
- Shipwrecked — "Take a stroll through a bustling town full of seafarers, merchants, and scrappy ruffians that rival the ports once visited by Blackbeard himself. It may look innocent on the surface, but inexplicable terror lies beneath - where lost treasure and the song of the siren have put even the strongest, sturdiest pirates in a watery grave."
And while Halloween Haunt is aimed at those 13 years and older, Tricks and Treats Fall Fest is back during the day for some family-friendly fun. There will be crafts, trick-or-treating, kids rides, pumpkin carving and decorating, and monster-makeup airbrushing. There is also a special themed holiday menu featuring dishes including pumpkin bread pudding, roasted butternut squash mac-and-cheese and candy corn cupcakes, as well as cocktails like the red wine Blood Bag, Hocus Pocus vodka punch with a gummy worm garnish and Zombie Juice with lemonade and vodka.
For those who are too big for the fall fest and too young for the full-on Haunt, there's also Hallowtween, which offers some age-appropriate scares.
Halloween Haunt runs 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. Tricks and Treats Fall Fest and Hallowtween take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets start at $39.99, with a Halloween Haunt Fright Lane fast pass option starting at $55.
Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. More info: visitkingsisland.com.
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